It’s not the most celebrated holiday, but there are lots of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day that can be fun for kids and adults alike. If this green event intrigues you, but you’re unsure how to party for it, let this be your guide. St. Patrick’s Day occurs as spring starts to emerge, so it’s a fun way to look forward to the warmth while also creating a memorable celebration you can recreate every year. Start with these perfect ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and let them inspire you into making memories you’ll always cherish.
1. Let the Leprechauns Visit
If you have kids, this is the one of the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. They’ll be so sure a leprechaun paid you a visit that they’ll spend the whole day trying to catch him. Leprechauns are well known for getting into mischief, so this can get really messy (which most kids love, right?). Create leprechaun footprints with powdered sugar throughout the house. Tint the water in the toilet with green food coloring and cover everything in green crepe paper and glitter or confetti. Make sure you do this when the kids are sleeping or otherwise occupied, or they’ll be on to you.
2. Make Corned Beef and Cabbage
If you’re like me, the best celebrations center around the food. For an authentic Irish meal, cook up some corned beef and cabbage. You can make it in a slow cooker so it won’t even be all that much effort to put together. Serve it with soda bread and you’ll have a St. Patrick’s Day meal that can’t be beat.
3. Check out a Parade
Many cities host a St. Patrick’s Day parade and that can be fun for people of all ages. Find out when it is and get there early so you can snag a good seat. Then settle in and enjoy watching all the festivities as they pass you by. Be ready for plenty of leprechauns, gold coins, rainbows and even some good Irish music. There might even be snacks and drinks to make the event tasty at the same time that it’s fun.
4. Make Shamrocks
It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without shamrocks decorating your house and workplace. Use green construction paper and decorate them with glitter. This is a perfect project for kids, but you can do it on your own too. Make shamrock shaped cookies, frosted with green icing, and share them with family and friends. Surprise your kids with shamrock shaped pancakes with green syrup for breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day.
5. Run a 5K
Many cities host a St. Patrick’s Day 5K to support local charities. Not only is it a fun way to spend some time with friends and family, but you’ll also burn tons of calories so you can enjoy a couple of green beers afterward. If you’re not a runner, look for fun runs, which allow you to walk. They’re great for kids too!
6. Go Irish Dancing
I’m not all that coordinated, but it’s still fun to dance. Irish dancing is the perfect choice for the evening of St. Patrick’s Day. Learn some steps on YouTube then head out to impress your friends. Look for Irish pubs in your area – you can dance and enjoy some beers and Irish food to round out your celebration.
7. Try an Irish Coffee
If you’re a coffee lover, try the Irish version to make your St. Patrick’s Day one to remember. Most bars can make you an outstanding mug that’ll warm your body and tantalize your taste buds. Or, you can take the time to learn how to make it yourself. Invite a friend or your significant other and figure it out together.
How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Please feel free to give me some ideas for this year’s bash!